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Murray Bombers up and away

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September 02, 2017

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Echuca

Under 17s

Echuca began strongly with Mia Gregor moving well at wing attack and the goals came easily for the visitors at Mansfield Recreation Reserve, with little pressure from Mansfield under the ring.

Bridget Byrne and Alex Tenace let little through in defence and Echuca had a lead of nine by quarter time.

Although at times Mansfield held up the flow of the ball in the midcourt, Echuca managed to increase their already strong lead by half time.

Echuca’s full court defensive pressure created plenty of turnovers with Margaret Green taking some great intercepts. Molly Byrne timed her jumps well to stop Mansfield’s goals.

The final quarter was a great team effort with the goalers adding another 21 goals to Mansfield’s three to finish 61-22.

Best on court went to Claudia Mawson, Lucy Higgins and Gregor.

B reserve

The first quarter began with both Echuca and Mansfield evenly poised with tight defence from Molly Frew ensuring the Bombers denied Mansfield an opportunity to score.

Echuca’s accuracy in goals allowed Shelby Pridham and Sophie Deola to give Echuca the upper hand at quarter time with an 11-goal lead.

Echuca’s dominance continued in the second quarter as the combined experience of Karlie Stevens and Kelly Sutton assisted the Bombers to take control of the game with Echuca ahead 38-16.

Mansfield lifted early in the third quarter with increased scoring accuracy.

The Bombers responded with Krysten Rogers instrumental in establishing Echuca’s scoring shots.

Maggie Stewart was tireless in defence along with Bri Bennett keeping the pressure on the opposition.

Consistent teamwork in the fourth quarter enabled the Bombers to take an unshakable lead, holding strong to win 75-30 in a great team display.

Best on court went to Rogers, Bennett and Stewart.

B grade

After an unsettled start B grade regained poise with Annalise Palmer putting a lot of pressure on the ball and her and Tam Nicholls providing numerous intercepts.

Feeds into the goalers from Lucy Eishold and Annabel Johnson were smooth and precise.

In the second half, Olivia Slattery and Emmison Rohde moved well in the goal third allowing each other the space they required.

Strong rebounds from Erin Delahunty combined with consistent defensive pressure helped Echuca maintain their lead to run out the game 51-31 winners.

Best on court went to Palmer, Nicholls and Johnson.

A grade

The last home and away game of the season saw Echuca travel to Mansfield for a must-win game to keep their slim finals chances alive.

The first quarter saw both teams competing well. Dearnah Kent was applying plenty of pressure in defence, whilst Abby Poulton was driving well down the court. Only two goals separated the teams at quarter time, Echuca 12, to Mansfield 10.

Positional changes saw Echuca start well in the second, with full court pressure forcing Mansfield errors. Kloe Miechel was again strong defensively causing headaches for her opponent.

Mansfield responded halfway through the quarter, taking control of the game, resulting in a one goal lead going into half time.

Bombers coach Casey Frame asked for more preliminary moves from her players in the third quarter, and her players responded well with goalers Olivia Hannon and Lisa Drysdale capitalising well on scoring opportunities.

The defensive combination of Eve Gregor, Dearnah Kent and Meg Rohde were combining in the ring and down the court, Erin Hill was getting her hands to everything, however the momentum of the game again swung in Mansfield’s favour late in the third, trailing by only two goals at the final break.

The fourth quarter of the game saw both teams fight until the end.

Echuca suffered two injuries late in the third and final quarters.

In a tight tussle, the lead changed many times with the final score being a draw, 44-44.

Echuca United

Under 11s

In our last game of the season, the girls came out strong, moving forward and driving hard saw them feeding the ball into the ring.

Well done under 11s, a great finish to the season.

Awards: Chase Day (Petstock), Abby Larkin (Subway), Hayley Depace (Roma) and Madi Sawyer (McDonald’s).

Under 12s

A great defensive full court effort. Hallie, Alicia and Gabbey moved well in the ring, supported well by Emily, Charlotte, Hayley and Macy. Delaney and Grace worked hard in defence all day applying great pressure and turnovers in the 31-1 win.

Awards: Emily Woods (Paramount), Charlotte Gould (Petstock), Macy Larkin (Hungry Jack’s) and Delaney Laffy (Roma Pizza).

Under13s

The attackers moved well down the court today with our goalers finishing off with some accurate shooting.

The defenders added great pressure to the game with many intercepts, rebounds and finally some well set up defensive throw-ins. An awesome finish to the season, 43-13. Good luck in the finals, girls.

Awards: All girls received an award this week thanks to the following sponsors: Intersport Bennett’s, Roma Pizza, Subway, Petstock, ITS and McDonald’s.

Under 15s

United proved their strength once again as a team, with strong passages of play and some impressive intercepts. With some vast positional changes, the girls adjusted well. Great effort, 49-16.

Awards: Kelsey Denahy (De Trazani Hair), Tayla Wagner (Subway), Georgia Maiden (Petstock) and Abbey Watson (Paramount).

Under 17s

Great team effort by all the girls. Attackers moved well creating shots at goal. The defenders played a tight game creating ample turnovers. The midcourt was consistent and adjusted well to position changes. Great finish to the home and away season winning 64 to 13.

Awards: Chloe Stone (Hungry Jack’s), Dakota Leitch (Roma), Hannah Poole (KFC), and Chloe Bishop (De Trazani Hair).

C reserve

The last game of the home and away season saw one versus two. It was a tightly fought match resulting in another draw 41-all. Bring on finals.

Awards: Ebony Wagner (McDonald’s), Sammara Pascoe (Moama Bowling Club), Brilee Gledhill (Roma) and Georgia McGowan (Bamunga Therapies).

C grade

A tough physical game between one and two saw Numurkah come out one-point winners 30-29. A great job by the defenders. Awards: Caitlyn Lourey (Echuca Workers Club), Gabby Shirley (Ceres) and Viv Duck (Kim Steel Massage).

B grade

After a strong first quarter from United, Numurkah fought back hard in the second. The team regrouped and finished with some awesome shooting and great turnovers. A whole team effort with all players contributing to a hard-fought win 62-39.

Awards: Sheridan Wagner (Taranto’s Pizza), Tanner Edwards (Echuca Hotel) and Chloe McDermaid (Ceres).

A grade

A win in the last home and away game was required to finish in third position on the ladder, so we arrived at Numurkah with a point to prove.

Finals-type netball greeted us as both teams were fighting for ladder position. It was a game of high intensity and pressure right from the first whistle.

The Eagles started like they had a point to prove and jumped out to an eight-goal lead at quarter time. Sophie was being double teamed for much of the game which gave Gracie the room to move and create goals for herself and then to feed Sophie under the ring.

Amy and Klarindah cut off most of Numurkah’s attacking thrusts and worked as a combination with great confidence.

Liv, playing her best game of the season and along with Breanna and Remy, controlled the centre court.

The final result of a 12-goal win was due reward for a strong month on the court, 50-38.

Our girls take great confidence and winning form into the finals and are looking forward to defending their title.

Moama

Under 11s

Great last game, girls shared the ball well and played a fantastic team game. Awards were given to Naiteah and Sienna for their great game.

Under 12s

So proud of the girls. They all had an amazing game winning each quarter to bring home a great win for the end of the season, 37-32. It was a great match to watch and to see the girls put all their teamwork together. Best on Kasey Branson, coaches award Sienna Agg and encouragement award goes to Olivia Davey, Tayah Accurso and Brodie Jardine.

Under 15s

A great game by the girls in readiness for finals. Awesome shooting by Jada and a best game performance by Cheslea Hall.

C grade

Moama C grade came up against Nathalia with the aim of increasing percentage to potentially play finals. We came away with a 47-goal win. Best on went to Jordy Pollock followed by Chloe Hughes and Anna Vander.

B grade

A great end to the season with a two-goal win over Nathalia, the whole team played a consistent game and showed all their hard effort throughout the season on the court. Well done on a tough season.

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